Thursday, January 15, 2015

garden bloggers bloom day - january 2015

I thought I wouldn't have much to report today, but IT'S SNOWING!  Just flurries, and it's not going to stick, but that really is the best kind of snow right?

Not too much is happening in the garden right now, but the first hellebores are starting to show buds.

These are some 'traditional' hellebores from my mom's house.  My newest hellebores, Merlin & an unnamed upright variety that I purchased from Green Thumbs Nursery here in Chattanooga last fall, are doing very well.  They have new growth, and the tiniest hints of buds forming.  Just not quite enough for bloom day.  I know even this picture is stretching it!

I haven't spent a lot of time planning this year's garden adventures.  I planted a good bit this fall, and I need to see how well everything settles in.  That said, I did place one seed order - a yellow perennial foxglove that I think will look really nice with my transplanted campion in a year or two, a purple throat-ed white foxglove, my first hollyhock, and some fun zinnias for my mom.  Nothing crazy, but enough to keep me busy this winter.

Happy Gardening!Thank you Carol for hosting!

Friday, December 26, 2014

merry christmas & happy new year!

Things have been quiet over here on the blog lately, and quiet is good :) 

I made wreaths this year!  My friend ModernSauce even blogged about it.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, & I wish you a Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

october bloom day 2014

Happy October Bloom Day.  The first leaves are starting to fall, and I still have a few blooms to share.  Yay for wildflowers and pass-along plants!

I just received this begonia, hopefully I can overwinter it.

These little daisies have multiple flowers per stem.

Wild Asters
These low growing asters are all over my front yard.
I cleared out all of the zinnias this week
to make room for some perennials. 
I'm still enjoying the blooms though!
Honorable mentions:
  • The impatiens are still going strong.  Love those guys!! 
  • My mums aren't looking so hot right now.  I'm not sure if it's an adjustment period, neglect, or not enough sun.  They are still blooming, but not well enough to show off.  
 Anyway, it's not a lot this month, but I'll take it! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

just a pretty picture... or three

When I moved into my house, spring was just about the only season I had flowers blooming.  (A rogue lawn crew has been known to mow my front yard without my asking, how rude.)  Fast forward to my 3rd fall in the house, and I finally have wildflowers blooming.  It makes me happy.

Goldenrod and unidentified Wild Aster, possibly Late Blooming Purple
Blue Mistflower from our fall plant swap.

Not a wildflower, but my baby rose, Cramoisi Superieur.
Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

september bloom day - 2014

It really has been a fantastic summer in Chattanooga, TN.  It hasn't been a scorcher, and we've had enough hot days to still call it summer.  It's rained enough that my water bill rose a whole 3 dollars, and my plants are still happy.

So happy in fact that the fall growing season has already started.  All of my roses have new growth, and my infant confederate jasmine ($2 plants from Lowes this spring) are starting to spread out.  It's like the garden gods are encouraging me to stop dreaming about gardening, and actually do some gardening.

I'm getting there.  But before I go into detail about the new things coming to the garden.  Here are some pictures of what is currently blooming in the garden.  If you're new to my blog, garden is a term I use loosely.  My property is almost all shade, and I mow my grass about twice a year.  Some people might call them weeds, but I think I have the cutest little wildflowers in my front yard right now.

It was windy, so imagine yellow versions of these too.

If you need a barometer for how much shade I get.  My morning glories just started blooming this week.

Scarlet O'Hara
The Zinnias are hanging in there, but most of them have fallen over, and are twisting and turning trying to grow straight up again.

I have 2 almost sunny spots, and I planted my first mums in them this year.  I looked for mums in the spring, and since I couldn't find any, I settled for grabbing the first ones I could find this fall.  I was lucky and found colors I liked on the first trip.  I have a deep crimson red, and a beautiful pale yellow.  Hopefully I got them early enough that they will establish roots and survive the winter.

The yellow is my surprise favorite, and I think I'm going to get 2 more.

Happy Belated Bloom Day everyone!  As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting!
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